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Scientists Urged to Sign Pro-Biotechnology Declaration

Contact: Dr.C.S. Prakash at prakash@tuskegee.edu

TUSKEGEE, ALABAMA July 6, 2000-The International Society for Plant Molecular Biology's board of directors unanimously voted to endorse AgBioWorld's "Declaration in Support of Agricultural Biotechnology." At the Society's Sixth International Congress, held last week in Quebec City, Canada, the board officially urged the Society's 1,800 members around the world to sign the AgBioWorld Declaration, drafted by Professor C.S. Prakash of Tuskegee University.

Members of the International Society for Plant Molecular Biology (ISPMB) will join more than 2,700 other scientists, who have already added their signatures to the AgBioWorld Declaration. Notable signatories include Nobel Prize winners Norman Borlaug and James Watson, and such highly regarded agriculture and health experts as World Food Prize winner Gurdev Khush, immunologist Hilary Koprowski, cancer researcher Bruce Ames, and Golden Rice developer Ingo Potrykus. Leon Dure, treasurer of the ISPMB, noted that the Society has members in 78 countries, 12 of which are represented by its board of directors.

Professor Prakash thanked the Society's board of directors and applauded the ISPMB decision, saying that, "It's important for respected members of the scientific community to counter the unfounded attacks that anti-biotech activists are spreading about these products." Prakash added that, "Biotechnology is powerful and safe technology that can contribute substantially to agriculture, health care, and the environment. Despite the nonsense being spread by anti-biotech activists, this technology can actually improve environmental conditions while helping to boost world food production."

"There is no scientific reason to believe that genetically-engineered foods are any less safe than the foods we've been eating for centuries," said Professor Prakash. "Consequently, we in the scientific community have felt a need to debunk many of the myths surrounding the technology." Dr. Prakash also commended the 1,200-member Society for In Vitro Biology for endorsing its own statement in support of agricultural biotechnology at its annual meeting in San Diego two weeks ago.

The text of the "Declaration in Support of Agricultural Biotechnology" and a list of signatories can be viewed at the www.AgBioWorld.org web site, established by Dr. Prakash to share information with policymakers, reporters, and members of the public. Information about the International Society for Plant Molecular Biology can be found at the ISPMB web site at http://www.uga.edu/~ispmb, or by contacting Dianne Anderson at 1-706-542-3239. For more information about the AgBioWorld Declaration, please contact Gregory Conko, Director of Food Safety Policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, at 1-202-331-1010, or Professor C.S. Prakash at prakash@tuskegee.edu.